Pierre Hourlier Wines

Vintage Port: Niepoort Vintage 1977


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Vintage Port must be bottled within two or three years of the harvest date. The magic of Vintage Port is different in every phase: as a young wine it captures the youthful fruit characters. Then, after 20 years or more, the effects of the slow bottle age integration are revealed and finally, after many decades, the spirit dominates the wine.

It is amazing in all the three phases; Maturation in the bottle is more reductive than cask ageing and the wine that results has a fruitiness and power which develops in the traditional ageing vessel, the classic, thick, black Port bottle. Please, note that Vintage Port needs to be decanted. This particular vintage is from 1977, which was bottled in 1979.

Region Porto
Appellation Douro
Style Red
Producer Niepoort
Grapes Touriga Nacional
Pairing Serve at the end of a meal with cheese, especially blue.
Keeping Several years.
Vinification Aged in small casks.
Bottle 75cl
Volume 20.0%
Niepoort Niepoort ports are a Dutch family established in Portugal since the 18th Century and producing quality rather than quantity. Niepoort has been described as “the Rolls Royce of Port”. 

My first experience with Niepoort goes back to 1975, when armed with courage and conviction, I met in Oporto about 10 different potential suppliers and Niepoort was my lucky choice. Rolf the father and then Dirk carried on supplying Hourlier Wines with constant high standards. This is our only non French product. Non je ne regrette rien!